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Takeshita T.,Kyushu University of Health and Welfare | Watanabe W.,Kyushu University of Health and Welfare | Toyama S.,Kyushu University of Health and Welfare | Hayashi Y.,Kyushu University of Health and Welfare | And 10 more authors.
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine | Year: 2013

Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), a brominated flame retardant, has been found to exacerbate pneumonia in respiratory syncytial virus- (RSV-) infected mice. We examined the effect of Brazilian propolis (AF-08) on the exacerbation of RSV infection by TBBPA exposure in mice. Mice were fed a powdered diet mixed with 1% TBBPA alone, 0.02% AF-08 alone, or 1% TBBPA and 0.02% AF-08 for four weeks and then intranasally infected with RSV. TBBPA exposure increased the pulmonary virus titer and level of IFN-γ, a representative marker of pneumonia due to RSV infection, in the lungs of infected mice without toxicity. AF-08 was significantly effective in reducing the virus titers and IFN-γ level increased by TBBPA exposure. Also, AF-08 significantly reduced proinflammatory cytokine (TNF-α and IL-6) levels in the lungs of RSV-infected mice with TBBPA exposure, but Th2 cytokine (IL-4 and IL-10) levels were not evidently increased. Neither TBBPA exposure nor AF-08 treatment affected the anti-RSV antibody production in RSV-infected mice. In flow cytometry analysis, AF-08 seemed to be effective in reducing the ratio of pulmonary CD8a+ cells in RSV-infected mice with TBBPA exposure. TBBPA and AF-08 did not exhibit anti-RSV activity in vitro. Thus, AF-08 probably ameliorated pneumonia exacerbated by TBBPA exposure in RSV-infected mice by limiting excess cellular immune responses. © 2013 Tomomi Takeshita et al.


Biswas G.,University of Miyazaki | Korenaga H.,University of Miyazaki | Nagamine R.,University of Miyazaki | Kawahara S.,University of Miyazaki | And 6 more authors.
International Immunopharmacology | Year: 2013

The important role played by cytokines in host innate immunity and the interaction of subsets of immune and inflammatory cells through cytokines offer avenues for immune interventions. We investigated 16 cytokine gene responses in the Japanese pufferfish, Takifugu rubripes orally treatedwith a heat-killed lactic acid bacterium (LAB), Lactobacillus paracasei spp. paracasei (strain 06TCa22) (Lpp) isolated from a Mongolian dairy product at 1 mg g-1 bodyweight d-1 for 3 days. Additionally,we assessed superoxide anion production (SAP) and phagocytic activity (PA) of head kidney cells and resistance to Vibrio harveyi infection in treated fish. Significant up-regulation of pro-inflammatory (IL-1β, IL-6, IL-17A/F-3, TNF-aα and TNF-N), cell-mediated immunity inducing (IL-12p35, IL-12p40 and IL-18), antiviral/intra-cellular pathogen killing (I-IFN-1 and IFN-γ), anti-inflammatory (IL-10) and peripheral T cell expansion and survival controlling (IL-2, IL-7, IL-15, IL-21 and TGF-β1) cytokines was observed in the treated fish. Furthermore, significantly increased SAP, PA and pathogen resistance were observed in the treated fish compared to untreated fish. Our results indicate the enhancement of cytokine mediated immunity in T. rubripes by the use of the heat-killed Lpp as a potential immunostimulant andwould be of great use in immunomodulation trialswith the possibility tomonitor positive immune response. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Takeda S.,Minami Nihon Rakuno Kyodo Co. | Kawahara S.,University of Miyazaki | Hidaka M.,Kyushu University of Health and Welfare | Yoshida H.,Kyushu University of Health and Welfare | And 6 more authors.
Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry | Year: 2013

We investigated 10 lactic acid bacteria strains with probiotic potential prepared from Mongolian dairy products for their ability to induce T helper type-1 (Th1) cytokine production in mouse immune cells in vitro and in vivo. Among these strains, the Lactobacillus plantarum 06CC2 strain was effective in elevating the level of interleukin (IL)-12p40 in co-culture with J774.1 cells and the levels of IL-12 and interferon (IFN)-γ in co-culture with mouse spleen cells in vitro. Oral administration of this strain augmented the gene expression of IFN-γ and IL-12p40 and enlarged the population of CD4 +, CD25+, and CD49b+ cells in the spleens of normal mice. It also significantly elevated the gene expression of IL-12 receptor β2 as well as IL-12p40 and IFN-γ in Peyer's patches. Thus oral administration of strain 06CC2 was effective in inducing Th1 cytokine production activating the Th1 immune response associated with intestinal immunity in normal mice.


Biswas G.,University of Miyazaki | Korenaga H.,University of Miyazaki | Nagamine R.,University of Miyazaki | Kawahara S.,University of Miyazaki | And 6 more authors.
Fish and Shellfish Immunology | Year: 2013

With the aim of evaluating the effect of a Mongolian dairy product derived Lactobacillus paracasei spp. paracasei (strain 06TCa22) (Lpp) on the cytokine-mediated immune responses to Vibrio harveyi infection, we examined 16 cytokine expressions in the Japanese pufferfish, Takifugu rubripes. Fish were orally treated with the heat-killed Lpp at 1mgg-1bodyweightd-1 for 3 days. At 24h posttreatment, fish were infected by an intramuscular injection of 0.1mL V.harveyi bacterial suspension (108cfumL-1). Additionally, superoxide anion production (SAP) and phagocytic activity (PA) of head kidney cells were assessed during 120h postinfection period. Significant up-regulation of pro-inflammatory (IL-1β, IL-6, IL-17A/F-3, TNF-α and TNF-N), cell-mediated immune inducing (IL-12p35, IL-12p40 and IL-18), antiviral/intra-cellular pathogen killing (I-IFN-1 and IFN-γ), anti-inflammatory (IL-10) and lymphocyte agonistic (IL-2, IL-7, IL-15, IL-21 and TGF-β1) cytokines was observed in the treated fish compared to control ones during the pathogen infection. Furthermore, significantly increased SAP and PA (P<0.01; 0.05) were recorded in the treated fish compared to untreated fish. These results suggest the beneficial role of Lpp in enhancement of cytokine-mediated immunity in the Japanese pufferfish against V.harveyi infection and application of this product as a potential fish immunostimulant. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Biswas G.,University of Miyazaki | Korenaga H.,University of Miyazaki | Nagamine R.,University of Miyazaki | Takayama H.,University of Miyazaki | And 6 more authors.
Fish and Shellfish Immunology | Year: 2013

Cytokine responses in the Japanese pufferfish (Takifugu rubripes) head kidney (HK) cells to heat-killed lactic acid bacteria probiotics isolated from the Mongolian dairy products were investigated by transcriptomic examination. The HK cells were incubated with two heat-killed bacteria, namely Lactobacillus paracasei spp. paracasei (strain 06TCa22) and L. plantarum (strain 06CC2) and the responses of 16 cytokine genes at 0 (control), 1, 4, 8, 12, 24 and 48. h post-stimulation were assayed by multiplex RT-PCR analysis (GenomeLab Genetic Analysis System, GeXPS; Beckman Coulter, Inc.). The 16 genes included in the assay were pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6, IL-17A/F-3, TNF-α and TNF-N), cell-mediated immune regulators (IL-12p35, IL-12p40 and IL-18), antiviral (I-IFN-1 and IFN-γ) and other regulatory (IL-2, IL-7, IL-15, IL-21, IL-10 and TGF-β1) cytokines. Despite the differences in the transcriptional profiles, expression of all the cytokines tested here was significantly elevated by both the probiotic bacterial stimulants compared with the unstimulated control. Therefore, this in vitro study has demonstrated the modulation of cytokine defense mechanisms in the HK cells by the two heat-killed probiotics indicating their potentiality as novel immunostimulants to fish. However, strain-dependent varied expression of important cytokines (cell-mediated immune regulators, antiviral and anti-inflammatory cytokines) suggests better efficacy of L. paracasei spp. paracasei strain as fish immunostimulant. Further in vivo studies to elucidate the cytokine regulation networks will validate our present observations. A careful evaluation of ant-inflammatory properties may be undertaken using single strain to affirm the immunostimulatory capability. Moreover, application timings and frequency to assess the longevity of immunostimulant effects and to make the application cost-effective need to be evaluated before any practical use in aquaculture. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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